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The Weekend Roundup for October 11-12th, 2014

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Hey there folks? How are you on Indigenous People’s Day? (Not that Columbus Day nonsense.) Perhaps the song for today may be fitting.

International Politics


– There are rumors Egypt may cede land to Palestine in return for getting land from Israel to change the status quo

– $5.4 billion was pledged by countries to help rebuild Gaza after the destruction over the summer by Israel

Middle East

– While unlikely the ISIL would be able to take over Baghdad, Iraq, they still possess the ability to control other parts of the country using this against the national government.

– To illustrate the point, on Saturday at least 38 people died as a result of car bombs in the capital. On Sunday, car bombs throughout the country killed at least 58 people.

Asia and Oceania

– The Chinese government arrested a scholar for allegedly stirring up dissent

– At least two people were killed as a result of a drone strike, assumed to be used by the U.S.

Part one of two with Yuezhi Zhao on how the Umbrella Revolution is portrayed in Western media, as well as questioning the narrative itself

– Moreover, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong did not believe protests would make a difference to officials in China


– A car bomb exploded in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing at least 11 people. It is unknown who is behind the attack.


– London’s Mayor Boris Johnson said he was concerned over the potential of a terror threat in the city

– Ahead of talks with Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko dismissed the defense minister and will be looking for a new one. It was the third under his tenure so far.

– Speaking of Russia, President Vladimir Putin told troops to come back to bases after military exercises near the border with Ukraine

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– The Governor of Guerrero, Mexico, said the recovered bodies from the mass grave are not the missing students 

Surveillance Planet

– Stephen F. Cohen and Katrina vanden Heuvel interview Edward Snowden on patriotism and mass surveillance

– Documents from Snowden show the NSA sent agents to disrupt networks in China, Germany and South Korea.

– Snowden told an audience in London, England, the GCHQ’s surveillance efforts have no limits

Financial Matters

– South Africa presents the best example of resistance against the World Bank’s efforts for privatization through the “WorldvBank” campaign

– The Better Business Bureau gave Uber and Lyft each an “F” for their deceitful business practices

– Control by elites in Mexico shows how dangerous neoliberal thinking is and where such policies are going in the country

Labor’s a-Brewing

– In a Supreme Court case on Amazon’s refusal to pay workers waiting on line to check out after work, the Obama administration filed an amicus brief defending Amazon. Not the change we were hoping for.

Politics US

Washington USA

– With officials from the Pentagon looking at a “long-term” battle with the ISIL, the Obama administration is reaps the consequences of inaction.

– Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): The Republican Party’s biggest mistake is not going into African-American communities; Au contraire, the GOP did go into such communities but for different reasons than you imagine.

– Journalists are facing increasing roadblocks set up by the Obama administration on even the littlest stories

– Journalist Thomas Frank interviews Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) about Wall Street, Obama’s failure to reign them in, and the future of finance.

– Sen John McCain (R-AZ): We need ground troops against the ISIL since current efforts are not working; There is no military solution to this, you do realize this?

Anytown USA

– It seems the reactionary forces are operating with some success in right-wing states although we should always question their efforts to promote false consciousness

– Despite arrests in St. Louis, Miss., protests will continue against police brutality

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– The United Nations placed 41 of its staff members operating in Liberia in quarantine after one member was diagnosed with Ebola

– Journalist Tariq Ali interviews Allyson Pollock, a professor and expert on public health, about Ebola and how it operates within a capitalist world

– A health care worker in Texas was diagnosed with Ebola, which officials believed occurred due to an unknown breach in the safety protocol. Perhaps it is the protocol itself that is to blame.

The Second Sex

– A new law implemented in the UK will criminalize revenge porn with two years max in prison

Planet Earth

– In West Virginia, a lab technician plead guilty to tampering with water samples to assist coal companies get around regulations

Despite evidence some pesticides used on farms may harm humans, companies like Dow Chemical hope to convince the Environmental Protection Agency this is not the case

– The European Union approved of UK subsidies to the nuclear energy sector, despite controversy over its use

Mixed Bag

– For any cinephile looking for movies on Netflix, you might want to look somewhere else.

– Oh hey, two white guys tried to kick out some youths from a soccer field because gentrification really is ingrained into their everyday actions.  For anyone interested, there is a great article on liberalism and gentrification on Jacobin Magazine’s website

– Jeff Cohen, co-founder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, visits The Real News to discuss Kill The Messenger, the new movie on the late journalist Gary Webb

Break Time

Into the Void (Sealth) [Soundgarden]

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Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.